Updated 6:03 p.m.By Benjamin Standig
Maryland center Alex Len, who just learned Wednesday he is eligible to play for the Terps after a 10-game NCAA suspension, will play in Friday's exhibition game against Northwood, coach Mark Turgeon announced.
The NCAA ruled Len, a 7-foot-1 Ukrainian in his first year of college basketball, can immediately begin practicing with the Terps. The suspension is related to Len's connection to a club team in Europe. Turgeon said there has been no talk of appealing the decision."I'm thrilled to death with the decision the NCAA made and I'm really proud of our administration and everybody that was involved," Turgeon said.
Thursday evening the school sent a clarifyingemail about Len's long-term status, stating he will be deemeda redshirt freshman with four seasons of eligibility. In the press conference Maryland announced that Len would have three years of eligibility because he attended college in Europe.Asked to evaluate Len's game, senior Sean Mosley said, "Hes a great shot blocker. He has a good mid-range game. And he can finish in transition."Adding an athletic big man - really, any viable player regardless of size or position - will help thedepleted roster, but Turgeon did his best to downplay expectations."He is not the savior. He's not a hero," Turgeon said. "Are we better with Alex? Yes. We're deeper. It gives us eight scholarship players. So yeah we're automatically better but he's not this hero."